TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod

Don't Cry For Me Cape Cod

Young Adult - Romance
418 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2016
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Author Biography

Garfield Whyte, after graduating from Munro College in Jamaica, attended the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica, where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in geography and social sciences. He also obtained a master’s degree in business administration from the Nova Southeastern University in Florida, USA. Still not satisfied with his academic achievements, he went on to complete a law degree from the University of London, then on to the Norman Manley Law School.
Prior to his legal career, he worked in the banking sector with leading Jamaican commercial banks, including Workers Bank (now defunct), CIBC Jamaica Limited (now FirstCaribbean Bank), and Scotiabank, with his final banking position being senior marketing manager.
Now a practicing lawyer, he limits his practice to real estate, probates, and contract law.
Garfield is also the author of; Feelings an environmental photography and poetry book as the recently completed Nostalgia from: A City Set Upon a Hill, his memoir about life at Munro College, his all- boys boarding high school, one of Jamaica’s most prestigious citadels of learning. Also recently completed is his coming of age novel entitled: TJ’s Last Summer in Cape Cod (sub titled, Don’t Cry for me Cape Cod), a novel that will make you want to be 18 again. These last two manuscripts are presently being adapted to a screen script. You may want to look at my website

    Book Review

Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In a great new book from author Garfield Whyte, TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod: Don't Cry For Me Cape Cod is a story that will leave readers wanting more. Follow the story of eighteen-year-old TJ (Taj James) as he makes a promise that his last summer on Cape Cod will certainly be a memorable one. TJ enlists the help of his Uncle Peter, a man with not a little experience with women, on his quest. TJ learns a lot from Uncle Peter and is ready to use it, but needs to decide whether he wants to move away from being his typical good boy self in order to do it. What will TJ decide? And what will the end of the summer bring? You'll have to read the book to find out!

I very much enjoyed TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod. Author Garfield Whyte has done a great job in creating memorable characters that his readers will continue to think about long after the last words are read. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. His descriptions of Cape Cod are vivid, and readers will feel as if they have simply slipped through the pages into the sunny seaside setting. Any reader looking for a book that might be able to return them to their youth, even for a little while, should definitely read this. I am pleased to recommend TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod and look forward to reading more from author Garfield Whyte in the near future!

Eduardo Aduna

TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod by Garfield Whyte is a nostalgic look at that grey area between youth and maturity. TJ shares a special bond with his Uncle Peter. In the last summer of his high school life, he is faced with various events that will test his relationships, his resolve and his character, and shape the man that he will eventually become.

It is not often that we see a book so accurately and poignantly describe the transition between youthful exuberance and adult resolve. TJ has it all, a promising future, a beautiful girlfriend and a loving family. Yet, influenced by his childish Uncle Peter, he risks everything time and time again to give in to momentary romances and passing fancies. One thing that Garfield Whyte accurately captures in this book is that most of adult life is all about putting out fires that one has started. Throughout the novel, both TJ and his uncle scramble to keep up with the consequences of their secrets and juggle their quests for excitement with the need to stabilize their relationships with the people around them. It's an exhilarating tightrope act that's often messy and occasionally brilliant.

There is no clear definition on when impudent, self-centered youth yields to maturity and both main characters are but pawns in the ever present struggle in everyone's life between immaturity and adulthood. Written in a descriptive style that evokes passion and emotion, Garfield Whyte has crafted a story that will make older readers wistfully look back on the chances they took and the mistakes they made during their younger days, and make younger readers yearn for a future filled with adventure and romance.

Faridah Nassozi

In TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod: Don't Cry For Me Cape Cod by Garfield Whyte, TJ always spent the summer with his uncle since he was 15. He looked forward to spending time with Uncle Peter and all the adventures he got to experience. But now he was 18 and this summer was going to be different; he had a girlfriend whom he could not bear to leave behind. During those past summers, TJ had been the sole witness and confidant to Uncle Peter and his endless shenanigans with the different women in his life. As such, TJ felt Uncle Peter owed him and it was time to collect; it was time for Uncle Peter to return the favour and cover for TJ. To TJ's delight, Uncle Peter was more than eager to comply and he even came up with the perfect plan for the two of them to spend time together without TJ leaving his girlfriend's side. Follow the wicked adventures of this duo as TJ finds himself at a crossroads between being an honorable man or the ladies' man his uncle groomed him to be.

TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod: Don't Cry For Me Cape Cod by Garfield Whyte is a thrilling tale of YA romance and drama that will appeal to readers across different age ranges because of the unique plot and clever writing style that will draw in both young and mature readers. The book is a charming combination of romance, drama, passion, solid storyline and characters that are both relatable and memorable. I found all the characters to be fascinating, but most especially I was captivated by Maggie as she went through her different phases of innocence, confusion, distrust and love. She grew with the story and her growth was amazing to follow. Lovers of YA romance will find TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod a worthy read.


I just completed this long book and I do consider it a good read. I wanted to send out the review quickly before the holidays. There was really nothing in the book that offended me, maybe some of the things that the uncle does were questionable. But he’s just a character and I can live with it. There’s a bit of references to sex, so do keep that in mind before handing over this book to young kids. Although some sections can be considered objectionable, overall it was a good work. And I have no trouble recommending this book or reading other works by this author.